VRangers trek to  Ratan gad on 28th Ngt- 29th Sep 2013.

“Ratan” means jewel. Ratangad is known as the jewel fort. It is situated in dense forests of Kalsubai – Harishchandragad range and offers a very beautiful view from the top.

Fort Type: Hill

Maximum Height: 4255 ft.

Region: Igatpuri

Base Village: Ratanwadi.

Difficulty: Medium

Cost: Rs. 750/- {It includes Morning Breakfast, Travelling from Dadar to dadar by private Non Ac Bus , Guide & VR expertise charges}.

History:-

The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini . The Bhandardara dam is built on this river. Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called 'Nedhe' or 'Eye of the Needle'; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group  Of ten people and the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing. Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favourites. The base village Ratanwadi has a beautiful Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings.

The entry to the fort is through two ladders & the ladders are in poor shape. One of them has the railing of a complete side hanging, while the other has no railings for the last 5 rungs. Besides they are supported by apparently flimsy supports. And another entrance of the fort is called Tryambak darwaza, this is Main Entrance. The steep way down from the Tryambak darwaza are little risky. A chor darwaza ("Secret entrance") the fort lies below the walls. A water tank on top of the mountain. Ratangad had one of the largest rain water catchment areas for its day.

Trek Schedule:

Pick Up points:

@ Dadar TT – Swami Narayan Temple – 11.50 pm.

@ Thane - Nitin Company – 12.30 am.

Tentative Schedule:

03.30 am: Via Kasara will reach to base village Ratanwadi.

05.30 am: Will rest in bus itself.

06.00 am: Wakeup call.

07.00 am: Intro with Breakfast & tea.

07.30 am: Will start the trek.

12.00 am: Reach to top of the fort & explore fort and lunch.

01.30 am: Will start descending via Tryambak Darwaja route (Thrilling Route).

04.00 pm: Will back to base.

04.30 pm: will start return journy to Dadar.

09.30 pm: Back to Dadar.

Payment Details: (Blank Transfer not allowed first confirms and then do)

For confirmation of your registration please deposit Rs. 500/-(non Refundable in any manner) in the following. (Please specify your name or those who transfer on behalf of you & trek/Activity name-mandatory in SMS).

Acc Name: Ananda Shivaji Govekar

Acc No   : 00000032353269021

IFS Code: SBIN0000562

MICR Code: 400002007

Bank     : SBI Bank

Branch   : Bhandup (W)

After transaction plz do sms to Ananda Govekar 98922 19155. (No Last minute entries will be entertained).

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek: - (Rains showers are expected, so pack your bags accordingly.)

Compulsory items: Sunday Lunch.

A proper two sided haversack to put all the things, So that one has hands free while trekking, id proof, approx 3 ltr water, Torch with extra batteries, some snacks, Should ware good trekking shoes, full sleeve shirt/T-shirt & Full Pant, if you have any medical issue please carry your own medicine as we carry only First aid, carry some extra cloths.

Non-compulsory items but helpful:

Cap, Sunglasses, Woolen Jacket, Camera , Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry  mosquito’s repellent, Electoral / Energy powder, 2 Lemon, & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution. (It’s totally self responsibility to take care of things.)

Before registering please check: VRangers Rules & Regulation

For Registration & more details, contact our "Rangers"

Ananda 98 922 19155

Registration will be done by phone call only, so if call not received then please sms your name & mail-id.

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